Sharing the Stage

Outdoor Residency at Harbourfront Centre

August 9 – 29, 2021

Sharing the Stage

Outdoor Residency at Harbourfront Centre

August 9 – 29, 2021

Creations. Classes. Conversations

August 9 – 29, 2021
Boulevard Pavillion, Harbourfront Centre


Esie Mensah Creations, Human Body Expression, Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Lua Shayenne Dance Company create new works in an outdoor studio at Harbourfront Centre’s Boulevard Pavillion. Witness the creative process unfold as these talented artists return to in-person collaboration and share their love of movement.

Open rehearsals take place Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am (except Wednesday August 11 from 2:15 pm).

Visit @nationalballet on Instagram for daily schedule or call 416 345 9595.

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Following the residency each company will present their works-in-process along with commentary from the creators on the Concert Stage. Presentations are free but require reservation. Booking begins August 18.

August 28 at 2:00 pm
Esie Mensah Creations and Human Body Expression

August 29 at 2:00 pm
Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Lua Shayenne Dance Company

About the Companies

Esie Mensah Creations
Esie Mensah is an award-winning choreographer, movement director, dancer, teacher and speaker whose creative footprint extends into many genres and disciplines. More >

Human Body Expression
Founded by choreographer Hanna Kiel, Human Body Expression strives to break the mold of traditional aesthetics to create hybrid movement forms and cultivate artistic individuality. More >

Little Pear Garden Dance Company
Led by Artistic Director Emily Cheung, Little Pear Garden Dance Company will be working in the Chinese Classical Han Tang style. More >

Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Lua Shayenne Dance Company presents contemporary dance and live music works rooted in the aesthetics and values of West African dance, rhythms and culture. More >


Come and learn some new moves! We are offering beginner level dance classes in a range of styles, from Bollywood to Powwow and Classical Chinese Dance, taught by brilliant dance artists. Classes are free, fun and suitable for all ages!

Class Schedule:

August 10, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Shiamak’s Bollywood Dance Class with Aryaan Kanji, Shiamak Toronto

Learn some fun, high-energy Bollywood choreography with Aryaan Kanji of Shiamak.

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August 12, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Afrofusion with Esie Mensah, Esie Mensah Creations

Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with a multitude of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more, seamlessly put together to create a unique blend of movement.

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August 14, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Powwow 101 with Naomi Martin and Derek Martin, Tribal Vision Dance

Learn the basics to powwow dancing: steps, styles and fun! Powwows are a social gathering for First Nations people to celebrate life, dance and sing.

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August 17, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Contemporary Jazz with Ryan Lee, independent artist and dancer, Human Body Expression

A fusion of contemporary movement and many styles of dance that allows musicality and self expression to come to life.

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August 19, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Beginner Hip Hop with Shavar Blackwood, teacher with In Studio

Fun and energetic beginner level hip hop class, focused on rhythm, urban grooves and personality.

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August 21, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Introduction to Flamenco Dance with Carmen Romero, Compañía Carmen Romero

Come discover your passion and dance Flamenco.

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August 24, 2:00 – 2:30pm
Introduction to Afro-Contemporary with Kevin A. Ormsby, KasheDance

The class explores contemporary movement inspired by the dances of the African Diaspora with a particular focus on the Caribbean.

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August 26, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Chinese Han Tang Dance Style with Fang Wang, Little Pear Garden Dance Company

Han Tang dance is a classical Chinese dance style that often uses sleeves, high-color neck costumes, with props and extensive headpieces.

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August 28, 1:30 – 2:00 pm
The Mexican Hat Dance or El Jarabe Tapatio with Jezreel Vazquez, Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico

Learn Mexico's most iconic folk dance! The Hat Dance portrays the courtship of a couple. One dancer makes several attempts to get their partner's attention until succeeding and winning their heart.

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August 28, 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Whacking with Ashley ‘Colours’ Perez

Bam! Whack! Strike! Pose! Learn Whacking with Ashley Colours Perez. This class will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.

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August 29, 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Mood-Boosting Dance with Alyssa Martin, Rock Bottom Movement

A no-pressure-all-play collective dance party in which we will learn a piece of unison choreography while trying to conjure the feeling of superstardom. Beginners and all levels welcome.

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August 29, 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Powwow 101 with Naomi Martin and Derek Martin, Tribal Vision Dance

Learn the basics to powwow dancing: steps, styles and fun! Powwows are a social gathering for First Nations people to celebrate life, dance and sing.

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Learn more about the incredible artists in Canada’s thriving dance community through our open discussions, where local dance artists join National Ballet dancers to discuss the creative process, their return to live performance and how they see their work fitting in with the ever-expanding world of dance.

August 9, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Choreographer Vanesa G. R. Montoya speaks about her new creation for The National Ballet of Canada, which makes its world premiere at Harbourfront Centre.

August 11, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Emily Cheung, Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance Company and teacher/ choreographer Wang Fang will talk about a specific Chinese dance history a classical style called Han Tang. We will focus on the dance aesthetics relating to the movements and costumes. Come early to watch Little Pear Garden Dance Company in rehearsal!

August 13, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
The National Ballet of Canada’s artists have formed the Dancers Affinity Group, a cohort united by their passion for activism. As the company becomes more diverse, equitable and inclusive, the group works collaboratively with all areas of the organization to help build a healthier, culturally proficient work environment. Two members of the group will discuss their work so far and their goals moving forward.

August 16, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Choreographer Esie Mensah of Esie Mensah Creations discusses her creative process with her Spiritual Advisor Samson Bonkeabantu Brown. Come early to watch Esie and her team of collaborators in action!

August 18, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Choreographer Hanna Kiel and National Ballet First Soloist Jenna Savella discuss collaboration between contemporary dance artists and ballet dancers. Come early to watch Hanna creating a new work for her company, Human Body Expression!

August 20, 6:30 – 7 :00 pm
Umbereen Inayet is co-curator of New Monuments, a dance film co-produced by Canadian Stage and Luminato that examines imagines a future world where racist monuments no longer exist. Over 40 dancers and choreographers from across Toronto will take the audience on a cathartic journey of purpose from the beginning of colonization to a more hopeful and equitable future. Robert Binet joins Umbereen to discuss the project and the National Ballet of Canada’s involvement.

August 23, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Choreographer Lua Shayenne and dramaturge Tawiah M’carthy discuss their collaborative creations process. Come early to see Lua working with her team of musicians on the new music for her new work WAVES | VAGUES.


Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.

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